December 23, 2009
Violence Against Women a Major Cause of HIV/AIDS in Northern Ghana
Violence against women is one of the main causes of HIV/AIDS
in Ghana’s three northern regions, according to research by the antipoverty nongovernmental
organization Action Aid Ghana and reported by Ghana News.
According to the article, the research revealed rape
and forced marriages increased women’s vulnerability to the disease. The fear
of violence also prevented women from negotiating safer sex.
Stigma, abusive language and physical assault prevented them
from testing and disclosing their status. Domestic violence led many women to
leave their homes and join the sex trade. Most of the women didn’t know about
laws to protect them.
The researchers recommended religious and community
leaders should speak out against this brutality and that the government should
review its policies and programs on domestic abuse.
Search: Ghana, Action Aid Ghana, Women
Scroll down to comment on this story.
Show comments (1 total)
[Go to top]